The Attic on Queen Street
Series: Tradd Street, #7
Author: Karen White
Publication Date: November 2, 2021
Genre: Mystery, Fiction, Paranormal, Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Return to the house on Tradd Street one last time in this hauntingly spectacular finale to the bestselling series featuring psychic medium Melanie Trenholm.
After the devastating events of the past few months, the last thing Melanie Trenholm wants is to think about the future. Why, when her husband, Jack, has asked for a separation—a separation that might have been her fault? Nevertheless, with twin toddlers, a stepdaughter leaving for college soon, a real estate career to resume and a historic home that is still being restored, Melanie doesn’t have much time to wonder where it all went wrong—but that doesn’t stop her from trying to win her husband back.
Their relationship issues are pushed aside, however, when longtime nemesis, Marc Longo, comes to them with a proposition: allow their Tradd Street house to be used as the filming location for the movie adaptation of Marc’s bestselling book, and he will help Jack re-establish his stalled writing career. Despite Melanie’s hesitation, Jack jumps at the chance. But Melanie’s doubts soon prove to be well founded when she uncovers ulterior reasons for Marc wanting to be back in their house—reasons that include a hidden gem so brilliant that legend links it to the most infamous jewel of all, the Hope Diamond.
But Melanie has an unexpected ally in protecting the house and its inhabitants—the ghost of a Civil War era girl warns her of increasing threats to her family. But she’s not the only spirit who is haunting Melanie. A malevolent ghost seems determined to stop Melanie from investigating the decades-old murder of a friend’s sister, and this spirit will stop at nothing to protect its secrets—even from beyond the grave.
Melanie and Jack must work together to find the answers before evil spirits of past and present destroy everything they love.
Not going to lie… I was a little worried before I started reading this book. The last book, The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street, left me with some mixed feelings. The manipulation of Melanie by her family and her actions really bugged me. So much so that it was my least favorite book in the series by far. I started to feel like maybe this series was headed somewhere I didn’t want to go. Luckily, I was wrong. Karen White’s writing immediately pulled me in and never let me go. I was once again charmed by the Charleston, South Carolina setting and the characters and ghosts inhabiting it.
Melanie is going through a tough time in The Attic on Queen Street. Her marriage is in crisis. Jack has moved out and Melanie is trying to figure out how to make the changes she needs to repair things with him. She’s got twin toddlers and a high schooler to worry about. To add to the mess, Marc Longo is filming his stupid movie at her house and there is a ghost who needs her help in her friend Veronica’s attic on Queen Street. Melanie has a lot to take care of, and I loved all the ups and downs in this book.
If Melanie drove me nuts in the last book, she had my sympathy in this one. She was truly trying to work on herself despite dealing with a ton of grief and confusion. I loved that she was willing to work on her “flaws” and make herself a better person. Melanie learned so much about herself, and in turn how to navigate her crazy life better.
Jack… I normally love Jack because of how he loved Melanie and all her extra-ness. I could feel his love for her in this book as well, but he was the one who drove me batty this time around. I was just as confused over some of his actions as Melanie. I want to say more, but won’t give anything away, so I will say I thought the Melanie-Jack issue and romance stuff wrapped up well.
All of the side characters did better this time around. They still tried to influence Melanie, but it felt more positive and less preachy. They also all stepped up and supported her in helpful ways. I loved seeing her bond with her mother and half-sister strengthen. Jack and Melanie’s twins were just as adorable as ever. And Nola was growing up and learning some important lessons. I even loved how horrible Marc and Rebecca were.
As for the mystery, there were two going on at the same time. Both were interesting and entertaining. I especially enjoyed trying to figure out what was going on in the attic of Veronica’s house. I guessed the answer before it was revealed, but still loved how it all played out.
I absolutely loved this final book in the Tradd Street series. It completed things in the best way. It’s a little bittersweet that the series is ending because I had forgotten how much I love the setting and all of the characters. I’m super excited that White is writing a spin-off with Nola and Beau in New Orleans. I just know it’s going to be fun!